New “Pacific Rim” Launches A Cinematic Universe

Filmmaker Steven S. DeKnight has revealed that the upcoming “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” which he directed, not only serves as a sequel to the 2013 original but is also a launchpad for a cinematic universe.

Appearing at New York Comic Con over the weekend, he says the plan is to expand the robots vs. kaiju story into a major transmedia franchise. He tells Nerdist:

“I’m certainly hoping so. I think you’ll definitely probably get more comics. The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad. If enough people show up to this, we’ve already talked about the plot of the third movie, and how the end of the third movie would expand the universe to a Star Wars/Star Trek-style [franchise] where you can go in many, many different directions. You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs. Yeah, that’s the plan. And I would love to see an animated TV show based on this.”

The Guillermo del Toro-directed first “Pacific Rim” barely scored $100 million domestically, but did well enough internationally to justify a follow-up. “Pacific Rim Uprising,” starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, opens in cinemas on February 23rd.